The 2019 race marks the first Tour de France event on the African continent.
Rabat – Moroccan cyclists dominated the international bicycle race “L’Etape Morocco” by Tour de France, in all three distances: 150km, 120km, and 80km. The cycling competition took place yesterday, October 20.
In the 150km men’s race, Moroccan cyclist Achraf Ed-doghmi finished first, followed by his compatriots Oussama Khafi and Anass Ait Elabdia.
Moroccan cyclists also ended the 120km men’s race on the podium, represented by Amine Iouy in first place, Imad Bouchtaoui in second place, and Hamza Ramadi stood in third position.
In the shorter 80km men’s race, six Moroccans crossed the finish line ahead of the other competitors. Ilias Ben Othman finished first, followed by Mohamed Reda Karoumi and Abderrahim Himi, with only milliseconds separating the three cyclists. Hadi Akkouh, Mohamed Zaibat, and Mostafa Najjari ranked fourth to sixth in the race.
In the women’s events, only two Moroccan cyclists earned medals. Amani Mahjoubi and Noura Zorgui finished first and third, respectively, in the 80km women’s race. French cyclist Audrey Damsin earned second place in the event.
The event is the first race organized by Tour de France in Morocco, and in Africa.
Tour de France is known as the most prestigious cycling event in the world. It is an annual series of races in France and its neighboring countries, taking place over three weeks of competition.
“L’Etape” by Tour de France is a series of races for amateur and semi-professional cyclists, to prepare them for the main Tour de France event. “L’Etape” already includes 15 events in 10 different countries, across five continents. “L’Etape Morocco” was the latest addition to the series.